My Maker and my King!

My Maker and my King!

Author: Anne Steele
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1 My Maker, and my King!
To thee my all I owe;
Thy sov'reign bounty is the spring,
From whence my blessings flow.

2 Thou ever good and kind!
A thousand reasons move,
A thousand obligations bind
My heart to grateful love.

3 The creature of Thy hand,
On thee alone I live.
My God! thy benefits demand
More praise than tongue can give.

4 O what can I impart
When all was thine before?
Thy love demands a thankful heart:
The gift, alas! how poor!

5 Shall I withhold thy due?
And shall my passions rove?
Lord, make me to thy service true,
And fill me with thy love.

6. O let thy grace inspire
My soul with strength divine;
Let all my pow'rs to thee aspire;
And all my days be thine.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #21

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was the daughter of Particular Baptist preacher and timber merchant William Steele. She spent her entire life in Broughton, Hampshire, near the southern coast of England, and devoted much of her time to writing. Some accounts of her life portray her as a lonely, melancholy invalid, but a revival of research in the last decade indicates that she had been more active and social than what was previously thought. She was theologically conversant with Dissenting ministers and "found herself at the centre of a literary circle that included family members from various generations, as well as local literati." She chose a life of singleness to focus on her craft. Before Christmas in 1742, she declined a marriage proposal from contemp… Go to person page >

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Author: Anne Steele


My Maker, and my King; to Thee my whole I owe. Anne Steele. [God, Creator and Benefactor.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, &c, 1760, vol. i. p. 48, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "God my Creator and Benefactor." It was repeated in her Poems, &c, 1780; and in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, 1863. Two forms of this hymn are in common use (1) The first is the original in its full or abridged form. This came into common use through the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash & Evans, 1769, where it is No. 25, and signed "T." (2) The second is:—

"My Maker and my King!
What thanks to Thee I owe."

This appeared in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 286, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in E. Osier's Church and King, June 1,1837. It was rewritten from Miss Steele's hymn by Osier for the Mitre Hymn Book, and should be given as Anne Steele, 1760; E. Osier, 1836.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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